This is an yixing teapot made from yuankuang huangjin duan clay (original mine gold duan clay) 原矿黄金段, a rarer kind of zisha with a rich golden color, it is made in the julunzhu style 巨轮珠.
This pot is known as "half-handmade" as the sculptor uses a molding tool to shape the body, and uses his hands for the handle, spout, holes, and smoothing out the body. In fact, no machine was used in it's shaping as the use of the tool is entirely manual.
You can read more about half handmade teapots in our blog entry here.
This pot holds around 180 ml. It has a ball filter (see photos) and is of medium thickness.
Preparation Before Use
Yixing Teapots should be prepared before using the first time. This is called "opening the pot". It removes the dust from firing the teapot.
We recommend rinsing the teapot under warm water two or three times, then filling the teapot with boiling water and emptying it out two to three times. After this the teapot is ready for use.